Sunday, February 23, 2020






Montgomery Academy, Briarwood, Westminster-Oak Mountain, Bayside Win State Titles

HUNTSVILLE – Montgomery Academy and Westminster-Oak Mountain claimed girls’ state titles while Briarwood Christian and Bayside Academy captured boys’ state championships at John Hunt Soccer Complex Friday night as the 29th AHSAA State Soccer Championships moved into its championship match phase.
    The Eagles beat Southside-Gadsden 2-1 in the Class 4A/5A girls’ final and Westminster-Oak Mountain beat Altamont 3-2 in overtime in the Class 1A/3A girls’ title match. Bayside Academy won the 1A/3A boys’ championship 2-0 over Altamont and Briarwood Christian won its fifth state crown overall beating Springville 5-0.
     Classes 6A and 7A will conduct championship matches beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday to close out the 2019 championships. All finals are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform at

Class 4A/5A Girls’ Finals
Montgomery Academy 2, Southside-Gadsden 1
    HUNTSVILLE – Montgomery Academy scored two goals in the first 25 minutes Friday night and then staved off Southside-Gadsden’s comeback effort to win the  AHSAA Class 4A/5A girls’ state title 2-1.
    Junior Brooke Horne notched the first goal at the 7:18 mark – a goal made even more significant since it was the first goal allowed by Southside (21-3-0) since early February – a stretch resulted in 18 straight shutout wins and 36 consecutive periods without allowing a goal.
     Eighth grader Hayes Jenkins added the all-important second goal on a pass from Tara Katz for coach Carter Tuck’s Eagles at 25:07 of the first period. Katz, a senior, earned 4A/5A championship series MVP.
     Coach Tiffany Julien Carglile’s Panthers battled back, however, shutting out Montgomery Academy in the second half. Senior Hallie-Kate Smith brought Southside within striking distance with a goal at 59:33. Rebecca Johnson supplied the assist. The Eagles defense, however, also rose to the top down the stretch to seal the win.
    Southside managed only four shots on goal with Eagles’ keeper Millie Stevenson recording three saves. Southside keeper Savanna Blackwell had eight saves.
    The state championship was the first soccer title in Class 4A/5A for Montgomery Academy, which won the 1A/3A titles in 2018 and 2017. The Eagles girls have won eight state soccer championships since 2001.

Class 4A/5A Boys’ Soccer Finals
Briarwood Christian 5, Springville 0
    HUNTSVILLE – The Briarwood Christian Lions (21-1-3) of Coach Shawn Brower   jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period and cruised to a 5-0 victory over Springville (20-7) in the championship match of the 2019 AHSAA Class 4A/5A State Boys’ Soccer Championships.
    Senior Logan Frost, who earned 4A/5A championship series MVP, sophomore Trent Malloy and senior Jackson Stubbs each scored a goal in the first 16 minutes of the opening period for Briarwood and  the Lions picked up a team goal six minutes later.  Hamilton Bowen, a senior forward, managed the final goal at 66:10 in the final period.
    The title was the Lions fifth since 2001 and the first since 2013.
    Springville Coach Cody Wilkerson used five goalkeepers in the contest with Evan Paddock recording four saves in just under 53 minutes on goal.
    Sam Candler had two saves for Briarwood.

Class 1A/3A Girls’ Finals
Westminster-Oak Mountain 3, Altamont 2 (OT)
    HUNTSVILLE – Westminster-Oak Mountain captured the school’s  first-ever girls’ state soccer championship Friday night. Westminster (17-2-1), coached by Coach Jay Hammond, got the match-ending goal at 85:51 when junior Morgan White scored in overtime to seal a 3-2 the win.
    Senior Tori Deen, who was selected MVP of the 1A/3A girls’ championship series, scored the first goal for Westminster just 41 seconds into the match on an assist from Ella Davenport. Altamont’s Mimi Davis tied the championship battle at 18:07 for Altamont (13-8-2) with the Knights’ first goal. White notched her first of two goals on the night early in the second period on an assist from Katie Hoaglund, and Ava Muller tied the match at 77:43 with goal set up by Davis’ assist. The two teams then played seven more minutes before White’s second goal settled the outcome.

Class 1A/3A Boys’ Soccer Finals
Bayside Academy 2, Altamont 0
    HUNTSVILLE – Bayside Academy (20-2-2) of Coach Jamie Ferguson scored both goals in a 14-minute stretch midway through the second period to beat Altamont 2-0 in the 1A/3A boys’ state championship match. The soccer championship was the second boys’ title in school history. The Admirals also won in 2016.
    Rece Beardsley, a sophomore forward, notched the first goal of the finals with the assist from fellow sophomore Trey Clements at 50:38 in the second period. Clements was selected Class 1A/3A championship series MVP.  Junior Sergi Cebrian delivered an insurance goal at 64:12.
     Altamont (15-7-1) managed only four shots, three by Daniel Kutsch, versus the Admirals defense and none on goal.

AHSAA State Soccer Championships
John Hunt Soccer Complex, Huntsville
Finals set for Saturday (6A and 7A) begin at 10 a.m. The NFHS Network will live-stream all finals.

Altamont (13-6-2) 2, Westminster Christian (12-8-1) 0
Westminster-Oak Mountain (16-2-1) 4, Cottage Hill Christian (17-5-0) 0

Altamont (15-6-1)  5, Collinsville (16-7-0) 1
Bayside Academy (19-2-2) 2, Westminster-Oak Mountain (13-7-0) 1

Southside-Gadsden (21-2-0) 3, St. John Paul II Catholic (12-5-3) 0
Montgomery Academy (21-3-1) 5, John Carroll Catholic (13-4-1) 2

Springville (20-6-0) 3, St. John Paul II Catholic (16-6-1) 1
Briarwood Christian (20-1-3) 2, Montgomery Academy (24-6-0) 1


Homewood (18-4-5) 8, Decatur (12-6-2) 0
Chelsea (21-2-1) 8, St. Paul’s Episcopal (17-4-2) 0

Fort Payne (17-9-1) 2, Homewood (19-3-4) 0
St. Paul’s Episcopal (16-6-2) 2, Pelham (16-10-1) 1

Vestavia Hills (21-0-0) 5, James Clemens (13-5-2) 1
McGill-Toolen (14-4-2) 2, Auburn (14-7-3) 0

Hoover (18-4-3) 2, Florence (15-4-0) 1 (2 OT)
Enterprise (14-5-4) 4, McGill-Toolen Catholic (18-6-4) 3 (2 OT)

(All live-streamed by the NFHS Network,
Class 1A/3A Boys’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 5 p.m.
Bayside Academy (20-2-2) 2, Altamont (15-7-1) 0
Class 4A/5A Girls’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 5 p.m.
Montgomery Academy (22-3-1) 2, Southside-Gadsden (21-3-0) 1
Class 4A/5A Boys’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.
Briarwood Christian (21-1-2) 5, Springville (20-7-0) 0 
Class 1A/3A Girls’ Championship, Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.
Westminster-Oak Mountain (17-2-1) 3, Altamont (13-8-2) 2 (OT)

Class 7A Boys’ Championship, Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.
Hoover (18-4-3) vs. Enterprise (14-5-4)
Class 6A Girls’ Championship, Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.
Homewood (18-4-5) vs. Chelsea (21-2-1)
Class 6A Boys’ Championship, Sat., May 11, noon
Fort Payne (17-9-2) vs. St. Paul’s Episcopal (16-6-2)
Class 7A Girls’ Championship, Sat., May 11, noon

Vestavia Hills (21-0-0) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (14-4-2)

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